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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. Steel28

    Steel28 Senior member

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    These look great. Wear it in good health.
     
  2. rydenfan

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    Alden suede owners I have a quick question. I just got a pair of snuff plain toes and noticed this odd spot
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    Is this something normal that should brush out? Or is it an issue? I naturally tried brushing it with my finger a bit to see if it was a bit of extra material that would wipe off, but it didn't.
     
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  3. WiredandTired

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    Exaggeration to some degree, I have been lurking on this thread for a short while. The more whiskey and ravello screenshots that are posted, the more those who don't have them will want to acquire them. I fall into this group as I have recently bought my first pair of shell cordovan boots, and my focus has turned to acquiring ravello and whiskey shades. They're beautiful colors and the talk of how rare they are make them even more appealing in a twisted manner. This talk of shell shortage does very much to help sellers, and the buyers are now wanting if they are not #8 or black.

    I'm curious zippyh, can you briefly elaborate on the shell shortage back in 2007-2008? At the very least for me personally, if I can figure out this is cyclical and more supply will open up, I'll end up tempering my intent to perhaps spend much more money than I should for ravello and whiskey shell.
     
  4. rydenfan

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    Cigar is my favorite shell
     
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    bespoken pa Senior member

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    The key to rare shells is to make contacts with as many retailers as possible j Gilbert, LS, TSM etc. I have managed to acquire three pairs in the last four to five months. They just kind of popped up. Personally I love cigar for it's versatility. The members of this forum have been wonderful as well, stick around long enough and things will pop up.
     
  6. zippyh

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    There's not really much to elaborate on wrt the shell shortage of 2007-2008. Just search for threads on SF and Ask Andy.
    There was plenty of speculation then too. You can even find some comment from mcarther that are more than just "wear in good health".

    During that time Cigar, Whiskey, and Ravello were in very short supply. Especially Whiskey and Ravello.
     
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    These arrived in the mail yesterday. [​IMG] [​IMG] Alden Foot Balance System leather insoles. I called Alden the week before last and and told them that I wear an 11D in my PTB's and LWB's and that I wanted some insoles to help take up some of the extra volume. I was told they had a thin leather insole, which is what I got, and some which would better be classified as orthotics. I thought $40 was a bit stiff for two pair of insoles until I saw how perfectly they fit into my shoes. [​IMG] [​IMG] Even though the PTB's were my first Alden's, I was a little sanguine toward them because of their very generous proportions. Now with these insoles I can wear dress socks without having to tie the shoes so tight that its cutting off the blood flow to my feet. I can see wear Alden's history in corrective and special footwear comes from. If you thought Alden's were comfortable before these insoles take them to the next level. BTW my PTB's are looking kinda dull. I've got some Reno, #8 shell cordovan wax, and some brushes. Does anyone have their own special recipe for getting that high gloss Uncle Mac shine?
     
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    I'm a Barrie 12.5D with a fairly wide foot. I was able to fit in a Grant 13D very comfortably and didn't need to go up or out.
     
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    Guys,
    This is all tulipomania.
    the rare shells are not going to disappear, and even if they are out of the game for a couple of years they will come back. its too profitable for the companies involved not to find a way to get them back out there--and, on that note, part of this is surely hype to make it seem as though there is going to be some horrible shortage to make people want to stock up as much as they can right now.
     
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    I don't know what you guys have against black shell... I have about a half dozen pairs and they look awesome with suits... And nice grab on those cap toes... They look sweet...
     
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    Nice! Look really comfortable...
     
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    I have not noticed much difference in fit throughout the day. However, if I had to say, shoes feel tighter first thing in the morning and it seems that I will often untie and tighten the laces during the day. My Alden LWBs are also my most comfortable shoes.
     
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    Chromexcel makes a great leather for casual longwings. These are from Leffot - both these and their natural cousins will be my go to longwings on weekends this summer

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    To those who have the J Crew snuff suede LWB (and possibly Leffot's version of this in blue suede), how do they fit compared to the shell LWB. I know all three are on the barrie, but was curious if the fit is different. Also, is the suede LWB lined? I assume it is. I have the J Crew unlined suede PTB in camel(tan), and was wondering if the fit might be similar. Thanks in advance...
     
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    Excellent choice Alcibiades... wear in great health!
     
  18. Alcibiades

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    The suede longwings are lined

    IME suede longwings fit similar to cordovan versions
     
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    I would lean plaza due to the toe. The seller mentionsnin the description that they would contact the seller to start the process of determining the last. Either way the boots looks awesome.
     
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